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More Landon Donovan in Champions League contest?

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Clearly, Bruce Arena and his Galaxy would like to win down in Mexico on Wednesday, sneaking up on Monterrey and dashing away with the teams’ CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series.

But the Galaxy needs to be smart about it, too.  Choices around Landon Donovan (pictured) represents a primary case in point.

Donovan sounds like he’s ready to play a little more. The Galaxy and U.S. all-time leading scorer has appeared in two matches since returning from his sabbatical, both as a second-half sub.

In a different situation, perhaps a bit of a stretch would be in order. But when the Galaxy conceded twice in the final 10 minutes of last week’s opening leg, the chances fell dramatically that Donovan and Company could survive Wednesday’s trip into Monterrey and land in this year’s tournament final. They aren’t in the grave here, but they’ve got one foot in it … and the other foot on a slippery grease spot.

Now consider that LA flies up to Dallas to meet Schellas Hyndman’s team in MLS action. Clearly, a chance to advance in Champions League, visions of that FIFA Club World Cup spot still alive, is more important than 1 / 34th of the regular season. But the killer 2-1 loss in Southern California shifts the personnel calculus.

Long story short, the Galaxy chances aren’t good in Monterry, and that deserves consideration as Arena doles out the minutes to important men like Donovan, Omar Gonzalez, Robbie Keane, etc.

Here’s what Donovan said about it following LA’s final practice before departure for points south:

I feel great. We obviously have a busy week. We’ve got the game in Mexico and then the Dallas game which is obviously a big game for us. I think Bruce wants to be smart in how he uses a lot of people, myself included, but I feel great and when they’re ready to use me then I’m ready.

“I feel pretty fit, but to play a full game. I feel pretty fit, but until you play a full game, you’re not back to full fitness. If I’m called upon on Wednesday then I’ll go as long as I can and give us much as I can and we’ll see what happens.”

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.